The End of Leadership
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From one of the pioneers in the field of leadership studies comes a provocative reassessment of how people lead in the digital age: in The End of Leadership, Barbara Kellerman reveals a new way of thinking about leadership—and followership—in the twenty-first century. Building off of the strengths and insights of her work as a scholar and a teacher, Kellerman critically reexamines our most strongly-held assumptions about the role of leadership in driving success. Revealing which of our beliefs have become dangerously out-of-date thanks to advances in social media culture, she also calls into question the value of the so-called “leadership industry” itself. Asking whether leadership can truly be taught, Kellerman forces us to think critically and expansively about how to thrive as leaders in a global information age.
that even the following few leaks would seem to support: we now know that the war in Afghanistan has all along gone less well than the administrations of both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were willing publicly to admit; we now know that the war in Iraq was fought to an unprecedented degree by private contractors—who wore no uniforms, had few rules of engagement, and were subject to lax oversight; and we now know that whatever the public posturing, privately Iran has been the object
article in the New York Times Magazine: “Why wait for governments or established charities to assist rape victims, orphans or impoverished women when you can start an NGO in your basement and do it yourself?” As the title implies, Scharpf “joined a revolution, so far unnamed because it is just beginning. It’s all about what might be called Do-It-Yourself Foreign Aid, because it starts with the proposition that it’s not only presidents and United Nations officials who can chip away at global
the last decade (after all, Liu Xiaobo, writer and activist and winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, has been imprisoned since 2009, serving an eleven-year sentence for inciting state subversion), it was the Arab Spring that made it revert back to being more oppressed. Fearful the unrest might spread—fearful of anything that might hint at a “Jasmine Revolution”—China’s leaders stepped in and clamped down, hard. First was a major address by President Hu Jintao on social stability, in which he
free of frippery, it will forever be universal in its application, one of the few great works of literature to transcend time and place. The Prince has a special place in the history of leadership as well: it was the first significant treatise on leadership to concern itself exclusively with what was real, rather than ideal. Machiavelli did not, as did Confucius and Plato, dwell in the realm of the perfect. In fact, as God is absent from The Prince, so is the rule of law and so for that matter
power, are the central themes of American political thought.”20 Of course opposition to power was by no means limited to the American experience. During the nineteenth century, throughout Europe as well as the United States, the earlier establishment was everywhere upended or, at the least, threatened. Most important, the fortunes of two groups that heretofore were generally enslaved and oppressed, blacks and women, changed dramatically. Slavery and also serfdom were finally abolished everywhere